Dream role on stage
US music theatre performer Michael James Scott might always have remnants of his glittery Genie stage makeup on his face but it only serves as a reminder he is living his dream.
Born in Baltimore, Scott’s parents decided to move the family near to his aunt in Orlando in search of more opportunity.
“My mum said I sang first before I spoke so I guess it was always innately in me to be a performer, to be a song and dance man,” Scott said.
“They wanted us to grow up in a suburb as opposed to the inner city of Baltimore, where it was a tougher escape for black men to
not become another statistic. I owe everything to them.”
The move paid off, with Scott making a name for himself in the music theatre scene and his brother becoming a successful chef for the NBA.
Scott was part of the original company of Aladdin which opened on Broadway in 2014 in the same theatre where he saw his first Broadway production and another Disney favourite, Beauty and the Beast.
He was the original standby for Genie before departing the show for The Book of Mormon, but fate had not finished his Genie journey yet and he received a call about starring in the Australian production of Aladdin, which opened in Sydney in 2016 and will be at Perth Crown Theatre from July 2018. “It’s a dream role,” Scott said. “The Genie is a big kid and the joy and heart and love he has, the essence of the Genie, is a dream to play.”
Michael James Scott